By Ben Meyerson
Another woman was attacked and robbed Thursday night in an alley behind First United Methodist Church, an incident Oak Park police said is likely connected to four earlier attacks this month.
Oak Park Deputy Police Chief Anthony Ambrose said the woman, who was in her mid-20s, was attacked in the alley behind the 300 block of North Oak Park Avenue around 8 p.m. Thursday night.
As in the four previous robberies, the robber came up behind the woman, grabbed her around the neck, then snatched her wallet and ran away, Ambrose said.
No injuries were reported, Ambrose said.
The last incident reported to police was eight days ago, on April 19, he said, and the police are continuing to step up their patrols around central Oak Park.
"We continue to have increased police presence in the area," Ambrose said. "We're going to continue with the increased presence until this offender is apprehended."